The Human Footprint Stories

  • Unparalleled in modern history, West Coast fires necessitate urgent climate action

    September 17, 2020

    Apocalyptic scenes have multiplied in recent weeks, as fires claim lives and incinerate communities across the West Coast. The flames are fueled by a confluence of interwoven drivers, including decades of fire management practices focused on fire suppression paired with the worsening climate crisis.

    Buildings surrounded in an orange glow.
  • The future of flight in an era of climate crisis

    September 17, 2020

    Learn four steps to rebuild air travel in a way that protects us against dangerous climate change.

    airplane on a runway
  • Scientists record 110 new species in Greater Mekong

    August 25, 2020

    A new WWF report details a vibrant diversity of plants and vertebrate animals in Southeast Asia that have never been scientifically identified.

    A close up of a lizard's face.
  • America's disappearing backyard

    August 05, 2020

    From 2014 to 2018, tillage of grasslands across the Great Plains occurred at an average rate of four football fields lost every minute. This means that millions of acres of America’s temperate grassland, one of only four left in the world and a critically important ecosystem, is being plowed up for crop production.

    A tractor plows a vast field with a rain storm in the distant background
  • Do you know what's really on your plate?

    July 23, 2020

    Today, there are over 400 known endangered marine and freshwater species linked to human consumption. Being mindful of what species are at risk in the marine and freshwater environments can help you protect these animals from disappearing for good and enjoy your seafood responsibly.

    Bluefin tuna sushi sitting on a plate
  • Five ways sharks and rays help the world

    July 13, 2020

    Sharks and rays are some of the most enigmatic and misunderstood creatures of the ocean. They are crucial for the health of our planet. This blog describes five incredible ways in which sharks and rays help the world, from fighting climate change to digging through sand for their neighbors to feeding phytoplankton.

    Tiger shark swims over seagrass.
  • What we learned about coral reefs in 2019

    January 07, 2020

    While most of what we learned about coral reefs in 2019 is grim, there's still hope. In this new decade, we can do quite a bit to protect coral reefs and the wildlife and people that depend on them.

    Gabby Ahmadia, senior marine scientist at WWF, surveys a reef in the Selat Dampier MPA, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Where do rhinos live? And eight other rhino facts

    September 19, 2019

    One of WWF's rhino experts answers common questions about rhinos around the world.

    White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), Kenya.
  • Four threats to manatees and mangroves in Florida – and how we can save them

    Manatees love mangroves; they use them for food and a quiet place to rest and raise their young. But these two key features of the Florida coasts are in trouble.

    Manatee beneath a river surface
  • Jaguar: the amazing Amazon big cat

    Considered a protector and symbol of power, jaguars personify the mysterious beauty of the Amazon. This iconic species plays a vital role in its habitat by controlling other species’ populations and helping maintain a healthy ecosystem. 

    jaguar close WW2120938 Emmanuel Rondeau
  • Orangutans in Sumatra learn to live in the wild

    At the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, orangutans are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Rescued orangutans learn how to feed and fend for themselves in the lowland rainforests of central Sumatra—skills they never had the chance to pick up from their mothers.

    sumatran orangutan willy Neil Ever Osborne 3797
  • What’s the difference between Asian and African elephants? And 8 other elephant facts

    Elephants, found in both Africa and Asia, are vital to maintaining the rich biodiversity of the ecosystems that they share with other species. Here's a snapshot of what you should know about them.

    African elephant portrait
  • 7 ways you can help save the ocean

    June 06, 2018

    Covering more than 70% of our planet’s surface, the ocean contains the largest diversity of life on Earth and affects everything from global weather patterns to food systems. Learn what steps you can take help protect the ocean. 

    ecuador ocean WW288186 Antonio Busiello
  • An important win for the world's largest tropical wetland

    March 22, 2018

    Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay signed an unprecedented declaration that calls for sustainable development of the Pantanal, a 42-million-acre wetland that touches each country. The decision follows years of collaboration among the governments that are securing a prosperous future for one of the most biologically rich ecosystems on the planet.

    The Pantanal from above
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  • How Renewable Energy Can Help Power Businesses

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2015
    A shared vision could lead to exponential impact
    Group of wind turbines, Selfkant, Germany
  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef under Threat

    February 09, 2015

    Unsustainable development alongside the Great Barrier Reef could cause severe damage to one of Earth’s most important marine environmental systems, according to a new report commissioned by WWF. In order to prevent new stress on this already-vulnerable ecosystem, WWF is calling on the Australian government to ban all dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site.

    sea turtles in great barrier reef
  • Consumption: From Bok Choy to Banquets

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
    On the front lines of food security in China
    Women in Mali and farmers in China
  • Waste: Sustainability without a Blueprint

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
    A chef’s common-sense approach to nimble innovation
    Food waste